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Terry Jones' Burn A Koran Day At Florida Church Not Just Stupid, But Treasonous


water cooler               logoGeneral David Petraeus sent the right message to Evangelical Reverend Terry Jones from Florida, who is the man behind Burn a Koran Day at a Florida Chuch. Jones plans on leading a demonstration in which 200 qurans will be burned on Saturday September 11.

Petraeus warned Reverend Terry Jones and his followers that their quran burning demonstration on Saturday will endanger the lives of American soliders and urged them to not follow through with it.  The White House has also stepped in and urged Jones to not burn qurans this Saturday.

Terry Jones, the genius behind "Burn a Koran Day" wants to send a message to those "mean old terrorist Muslims" in the Middle East on the 9th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. What he says he's doing (honoring those who died on September 11th) and what he's actually doing are two different things.

This Evangelical "leader" is actually enraging Muslims across the world and stirring up the hornet's nest, which will give extremists more motivation to commit attacks against our military personnel. There were demonstrations throughout the Middle East today and it's evident things will only get uglier in the coming days.

As if that's not bad enough, September 11th will also fall during the end of Ramadan when Eid al-Fitr is celebrated. It would be a very, very bad thing for this demonstration to occur during a time when many Muslims are celebrating a holy event.

This also comes at a time when the War in Afghanistan is at a critical turning point. The last thing our military needs is escalated aggression from the opposition. Therefore, he's putting our military at risk in Afghanistan and Iraq. Is it too much to suggest that Terry Jones' actions be considered treasonous? He is after all stirring up the inferno in a time of war, which can directly have an impact on thousands of American lives.

Ironically this "Crusader" could end up having blood on his hands - American soldiers' blood on his hands. And, if that's the case should Jones be charged with treason? Absolutely.

Treason is defined as follows in Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted."

While Jones won't be directly levying war against the U.S., providing aid and comfort, or adhering to the United States' enemies, he would be escalating agression against United States soliders with this "Burn a Koran Day."

Therefore, by doing so, Jones is in effect committing a treasonous act against our nation. This isn't an issue of free speech of freedom of religion. It's an issue of basic regard for our military personnel during a time of war.

Jones has backed off a little bit from his hard-line stance by telling CNN he is "weighing" plan's to burn Qurans on Saturday. And, he stated that he is praying for an answer from God to decide if "Burn a Koran Day" will still go on after he was publicly chastised by one of the most respected Generals in American history. Aside from being completely self-serving, Terry Jones may be a fraud. CBS has investigated his Dove World Outreach Center for some possible misdeeds. CBS alleges that Jones spends most of the church's money on so-called administrative costs and runs a furniture store out of his church.

It would behoove Jones to cease with this public display of disregard for American soldiers. Otherwise, Jones can expect to take partial responsibility for acts like these.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com